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Help understanding audio interface

Discussion in 'Recording' started by latinboy642003, Sep 19, 2010.

  1. latinboy642003

    latinboy642003 Active Member

    Sep 14, 2010
    Im a bit confused about audio interfaces. If you get a mixer without firewire,usb does that mean it doesnt have a interface? and how do pick the right one for your mixer?

    Allen & Heath ZED-24 | Sweetwater.com
  2. djmukilteo

    djmukilteo Well-Known Member

    Nov 23, 2008
    Rainy Roads WA USA
    A mixer combines multiple inputs into one or two outputs. As in a food mixer...blend a bunch of ingredients together into one sauce!
    So a mixer by itself without the ability to separate channels into a computer is not an interface. Most interfaces are not mixers because they take each sound channel into the computer separately to be mixed by your software DAW program like Cubase or Logic or Sonar....hope that helps...read read read

    Larry....add more sauce on channel 14...we'll fix it in the mix!
  3. jg49

    jg49 Distinguished Member

    Oct 16, 2008
    Frozen Tundra of CT
    The board you linked to ZED 24 is a mixer with a USB stereo output. S o all the channels you have going in are routed to two channels going out (right and left) which can be sent to a computer for recording. After recording you will only be able to alter each individual channel not the instruments, with this board!

    You don't need an interface if your mixing live sound

    You don't require a mixer to track seperate instruments for recording (for this you could use an interface)

    Not all mixers will have the required outputs to add an inteface to track individual instruments

    There are a very few mixers that will do both

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